University of Hawai'i linebacker Scheyenne Sanitoa died on July 4, according to UH Athletics officials.
No cause of death was released.
"Scheyenne was a tremendous young man and we are devastated by this news," UH Athletics Director David Matlin said in a statement.
According to UH Athletics, the football team was brought together earlier today to discuss the tragedy. Campus counselors were also on hand and will be available for all student-athletes and staff to help with the healing process.
The 21-year-old redshirt junior appeared in 12 games last season and accounted for 30 wrap-ups, with 21 solo tackles. Sanitoa had six tackles, two pass breakups, 2.0 tackles for loss and a sack in his first career start vs. Duquesne. He made a career-high seven tackles in his second start versus San Diego State.
"It’s always heartbreaking to lose a member of our UH ohana, particularly when it’s one of our young student-athletes. Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with his family, his friends, his teammates, and to all those who knew and loved him," Matlin said.